Tag Archives | Adoption

Discovery and Adoption:

Joni Mantell presents THE HANJI BOX + discussion with director Nora Jacobson   Please join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at the Hopewell Theatre for a special viewing of an award-winning film, The Hanji Box, which depicts the stormy relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter which is complicated by adoption […]

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Young Adults Leaving Home

As seen on NYSCCC.org “There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children: One is roots – The other is wings”  Hodding Carter, Sr. Leaving home is a challenging period in nearly everyone’s life, fraught with conflicting feelings and needs: the earnest desire for independence and autonomy, alongside the fear of failure, and […]

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Healthy Holiday Tip Sheet

    Third Thursday of the Month Group in 2014 SEASONS GREETINGS, Tis the season for heightened emotions. Whether you’re in the process of building your family or already parenting, I hope this Healthy Holidays Tip Sheet arrives in the nick of time. Pictured here are members of what was the Third Thursday of the Month Pre-adoption group at […]

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Joni Mantell speaks at New York University

Upcoming Event:   Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting as part of a panel on Infertility and Adoption at the NYU at the Silver School of Social Work 2016 Professional Seminar Series This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning’s Spring 2016 Seminar Series. February 12, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm […]

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Workshop Series: Adoption and the College Admissions Process

Workshop Adoption and the College Admissions Process Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016 (new date because of snow last week) Location: IAC Center, 2 Tree Farm Pennington NJ 08534 This workshop is designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their families. The college admissions process can be a stressful experience for students […]

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Knowing When to Stop Trying

  Written By: Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology /www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com One of the most profound decisions you must make when dealing with infertility – as important as the decision to try to conceive in the first place – is the decision to stop trying. How do you know when enough is enough? How can […]

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Adoption or Donor – Making the decision

Written By: Judith Kottick, LCSW Montclair, New Jersey/ judykottick@comcast.net/ (973) 746-7370   For many couples and individuals yearning for a child, it is unwelcome news to hear that the time has come to transition from the dream of parenting a child of your genes to an alternative family building method. While accepting the concept of non-genetic parenting […]

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Adoption and the Schools

When adoptive parents send their children to school, they want what all parents want.  They want their children to be happy, successful, to make friends, to enjoy learning and most important, to feel comfortable in the big world represented by the classroom. In this presentation we review: Talking to teachers and schools about adoption; how […]

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Birth Parent Fantasies and Fears

Is your child entertaining a wild birth parent fantasy? Don’t worry — it’s totally normal. Around ages six to seven, children are capable of more complex thinking and begin to grasp what adoption means. This gives rise to new, sometimes alarming fantasies and fears. While many children daydream about another set of parents — who […]

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Therapeutic Writing: Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

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Open Adoption: A Reference Guide for Families

By Joni Mantell; as seen in Adoptive Families Magazine Open adoption is a scary phrase. “When I first heard it, I wondered, would I feel like a ‘stand in’ or a ‘rent-a-mom’?” says Christine, from New Jersey. This is the most common initial reaction prospective parents have—that open adoption is “co-parenting.” Others may come to domestic […]

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Talking About Adoption with Children

This workshop is for adoptive parents, pre-adoptive parents and professionals. Some adoption agencies will accept this workshop as credit toward the home study requirements. Certificates will be issued upon request. In this workshop you will learn: How to create a safe family atmosphere in which adoption can be openly discussed What children think about adoption […]

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